Moriscos and Mozarabs

This route combines cities- Malaga, Antequera, Ronda- with small mountain villages.

The names, appearance and popular architecture bring to mind the presence of the Muslims and Moriscos. An outstanding feature of Malaga is the Alcazaba Citadel (9 th- 11 th C.), crowned by the Castle of Gibralfaro.

The Gate of Las Atarazanas (Nazarite Shipyard Gate), now moved from its original location, is evidence of its importance, in the Al Andalus period, as a seafaring town. Antequera also boasts an Alcazaba Citadel (14th C.) and Alora a Castle.

The road to Ardales presents the traveller with many striking craggy landscapes: the Gorge of El Chorro, the Desfiladero de Los Gaitanes. This is the setting of the Ruins of Bobastro, the town which supported the Mozarab revolt against the State of Cordoba (9th- 10th C.).

In Ronda, one may stop to admire part of its defences (ramparts, towers, Gate of Almocábar), its mosques (Collegiate Church of Santa María La Mayor, the Church of San Sebastián), and its Arab Baths. From there it is possible to visit El Burgo, Igualeja and Parauta (the towers of their churches are minarets) or, passing through the Morisco village which rose up against Philip II, go up as far as the castles of Benadalid- which now looks over the village´s cemetery- and Gaucín.

Itinerary 2 passes through Vélez Málaga (Alcazaba Citadel) to then penetrate the picturesque villages of Axarquía, where a series of minarets were built (13th- 14th C.) and can be seen at the churches of Archez, Salares, Arenas de Vélez, Corumbela, Daimalos and Benaque.

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